Leadership

Crackberries

My son got a new phone; he chose a Blackberry. You ever notice that folks who have these NEVER stop fiddling with them? Waiting in line, on the subway, ESPECIALLY in meetings, Blackberry owners are constantly surfing, reading email, playing Tetris, doing God knows what, instead of paying attention to where they are and what… Read more »

Bridging Cultural Diversity through Multiple Intelligence, Conflict Styles and Interactive 4 “H” — Healing, Humanizing- High-Performing and Harmonizing — Humor

Wanted to share a new program. Feel free to share/pitch to others, etc. Over the years, I’ve heard some complaints about cultural diversity programs too often turning into prickly or preachy affairs. Of course, this is a sensitive topic. Thought it was time for a very different approach. Any comments are appreciated. Mark ————— Bridging… Read more »

Confronting Prejudicial Comments in the Workplace

The same day that the right wing terrorist invaded the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC and killed a security guard, my girl friend encountered a much more prosaic form of anti-Semitism. And while her experience was not in any way life-threatening, nonetheless her casual if not commonplace encounter merits documentation and its expression deserves confrontation…. Read more »

Sweet GovTweets 07.12.2009

Happy anniversary to GovLoop! Flowers for Steve (obviously, not my roses …that are full of holes from nasty Japanese beetles …) We need a Rose Garden Czar. And by the way, since we are all about transparency and such, where is the pay-scale for those 30-odd folks published? Image by Jack Duval via Flickr Parties… Read more »

Top 5 Leadership Characteristics for Process Improvement Success

Recently during a visit to the GSA conference held in San Antonio, I had the opportunity to speak with several people in the federal government about Lean Six Sigma. In most cases they shared with me that they had “tried” Lean Six Sigma and it did not work or “we did that and are now… Read more »

Sweet GovTweets 07.09.2009

I’m back— I have been on vacation! hehe I understand while I was away, some of you federal folks had some problems with computer viruses, or such. Last week, a Trojan horse invaded my computer. When I ran my very sophisticated internet security software, it indicated that the problem *might* have originated from a file… Read more »

Lean Six Sigma Can Help Agencies Manage Stimulus Funds

In a recent interview on Fox Business channel, I had the opportunity to discus how effectively the stimulus funds are being deployed. The discussion focused on how federal and state agencies now are not prepared for the challenges of such an enormous task. In fact, APQC recently reported that only 24% of state and federal… Read more »

Project of the Week – Federally Employed Women and the National Training Program

This week’s Project of the Week features the Federally Employed Women organization. Thanks to GovLoop member Patt Franc and to Sue Webster and Rachel Combs of FEW for sharing their story. Federally Employed Women (FEW) is 4000 members strong and is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1968 after the issuance of Executive Order 11375… Read more »

The benefits of crowdsourcing – US$1,000,000 prize from Netflix

Republished from eGov AU. (I would appreciate if you could Vote for me in ‘The 10 who are changing the World of Internet and Politics’) I highlighted the online Netflix prize quite some time ago as an example of how an organisation could work with its community to drive innovation. Netflix has a longstanding prize… Read more »